It was a bad day for Meek Mill. Even though the rapper was allowed out of jail early, his motion to have his case overturned by a judge wasn’t permitted.
According to reports, Mill was hoping the judge would dismiss a nearly 10-year-old drug and weapons conviction due to an arresting officer who was dishonest in his handling of the case.
Genece Brinkley, the judge who the rapper said should no longer preside over the case, claims Meek Mill didn’t meet all of the requirements for his opinion published two nights ago, including the burden of proof.
The news of this judgment comes after Mill petitioned to re-do his 2008 criminal trial on the 18th of June. Back in 2008, the police arrested Meek Mill for illegally carrying a gun as well as drug possession.
They sentenced him to two years in a county prison and eight years of probation, a very long probationary period. Reportedly, the rapper violated his parole several times, including in November 2017, when he failed a drug test and didn’t comply with travel restrictions.
Back in April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released him due to massive public outrage as well as a fierce legal campaign to free him. The Supreme Court agreed that the officer in his case was possibly lying, a cop who is now retired.
The rapper only served around five months of his sentence, and upon his release, he said he would begin focusing on getting the convictions that started this mess overturned.
Mill’s legal team accused the Philadelphia criminal court, especially the judge, Brinkley, of impartiality. Joe Tacopina, Meek’s attorney-at-law, said to The Associated Press that the rapper shouldn’t have spent even one day in prison.
He was unjustly convicted, his lawyer explained. In an April report, Brinkley defended herself and said the court had always remained impartiality without any form of prejudice ever since the proceedings began back in 2008. Meek Mill violated his parole several times.